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Huawei Y9 (2019) Indian variant and Nova 3/Nova 3i will not be receiving the EMUI 10 update

Indian users of the Huawei Y9 (2019) have to make do with EMUI 9. (Image Source: MySmartPrice)
Indian users of the Huawei Y9 (2019) have to make do with EMUI 9. (Image Source: MySmartPrice)
Huawei has given users of the Huawei Y9 (2019) Indian variant and the Nova 3/Nova 3i a cold shoulder as the company has confirmed the said devices will not be updated to EMUI 10. This is surprising considering that global variants of the Huawei Y9 are confirmed to received the update after a recent backlash and that these phones use the same Kirin 710 SoC as the Honor 8X, which is already getting its share of EMUI 10 goodness.

OTA updates are still pretty much a hit and miss in the Android world and the example of the Huawei Y9 (2019) best illustrates this problem. Earlier this week, users of Huawei Y9 (2019) vented their frustration on a Change.org petition as their phone was missing from Huawei's latest Android 10 global rollout list. Huawei responded quickly and confirmed that the Kirin 710-powered midranger would indeed be getting the EMUI 10 update. However, Huawei seems to have other plans for the Indian variant of the Huawei Y9 (2019), and it may not bode well with the users.

In a response to a user's query on Twitter as to whether the Indian variant of the Huawei Y9 will get the EMUI 10 update or not, Huawei India responded as follows:

We would like to inform you that the updates for the device has been stopped due to hardware specifications as the mother board cannot take more updates hence it is a risk for rolling the updates which may harm your device. We appreciate your understanding and patience."

A Huawei India support executive also confirmed the same to the user on chat. However, the company did say in a follow-up tweet that the handset will continue to receive security and performance updates. 

We are not sure what prompted Huawei to not roll out EMUI 10 to Indian variants while global SKUs of the Huawei Y9 are confirmed to receive the update. The company's response seems to suggest something is different in the hardware of the Indian variant, but we are not quite sure what it is. 

Another Huawei phone that is getting snubbed when it comes to getting EMUI 10 is the Nova 3/Nova 3i. Huawei India tweeted the following in response to a query on Twitter:

We understand you are eagerly waiting for future Android update. We regret to inform you that EMUI 10.0 / Android 10 will not be available for your device due to hardware limitations as it requires higher hardware specifications for optimal performance. 

Further, we will continue to provide regular security updates and necessary update enhancing device to perform at optimum level. For more details kindly stay tuned to our official pages. We appreciate your cooperation, understanding and patience."

So, there you have it straight from the horse's mouth. The Huawei Y9 (2019) Indian variant and the Nova 3/Nova 3i will not be getting any EMUI 10 goodness. Of course, it is not the end of the world and the phones are solid offerings in their own right, but not offering a major Android update only to a particular demographic can cause quite some discontentment.

We are not sure whether Huawei would reconsider their decision, especially considering the fact that similar devices such as the Honor 8X are already getting updated to EMUI 10, but we'll be sure to keep you posted. 

The Indian variant of the Huawei Y9 (2019) will not be updated to EMUI 10. (Source: Huawei India on Twitter)
The Indian variant of the Huawei Y9 (2019) will not be updated to EMUI 10. (Source: Huawei India on Twitter)
The Huawei Nova 3/Nova 3i will be put on maintenance mode. (Source: Huawei India on Twitter)
The Huawei Nova 3/Nova 3i will be put on maintenance mode. (Source: Huawei India on Twitter)
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-01-29 (Update: 2020-01-29)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.